Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Santiago (MAC)
The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Santiago provides a platform to show Chilean and international contemporary artwork in Santiago.
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The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Santiago opened in 1947. Run by the Universidad de Chile Facultad de Artes, it is one of Santiago’s major museums. The museum supports the university to develop the cultural life of Chilean society, by providing a platform for national and international contemporary artwork. It researches, studies and disseminates modern art through a programme of exhibitions and other activities.
The museum was one of three Santiago venues that hosted TRANS VERSA: Conversing Across the South, which was an exhibition of new art involving Chilean, Australian and New Zealand artists working together. This exhibition was part of The South Project, which was set up in 2004 to bring Southern Hemisphere artists together, through annual forums and accompanying exhibitions.
In 2017, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Santiago and University of Auckland Waipapa Taumata Rau supported curator Marisol Vargas to produce the dance exhibition and performance Sur Sur, which was performed in Santiago. Sur Sur (meaning south south) involved artists from Chile and New Zealand. They used dance to explore their cultural differences and develop performances to respond to contemporary crises.
New Zealand artist and researcher alys longley and her Chilean co-creator Máximo Corvalán-Pincheira both participated in Sur Sur. They worked together on the multimedia arts project Beberemos El Vino Nuevo, Juntos! | Let Us Drink the New Wine, Together! that resulted in an archive of miniature works of art documented in a catalogue and website. It was shown at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Santiago as part of a large group show to celebrate the museum’s 50th anniversary.
Opened in 1947
Published 02 November 2023